The lockdown in Greece, imposed to help stem the spread of the coronavirus across the country, will gradually ease in two weeks, Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis signaled on Monday.
In a video conference concerning the donation of 18 mobile ICUs to the public sector from the “Greece 2021 Committee, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Monday noted that the end of the coronavirus crisis was now in sight.
He added however, that “how quickly we reach it depends on taking careful steps in the final straight.”
Mitsotakis stressed that it was essential to make one final effort, especially in the next two weeks, before the economy and education can return to more normal rhythms.
“The only year of the coronavirus”
“We will plan it, if we decide it, with smart solutions and a new and mutual compact of trust with the citizens: The economy must gradually begin to work again and we must all adhere to the rules so that it stays open,” he said.
Mitsotakis said it was now “up to all of us to make this the only year of the coronavirus pandemic” and pointed out that Greece will have soon exceeded the one-million mark for vaccinations performed.
While acknowledging that the health system was under pressure, especially in Attica, he appeared confident that this was being handled well.
He also referred to figures showing that Greece “continues to defend itself more effectively against the third wave of the coronavirus, which now has the additional feature of a strain, the so-called British strain, which is a lot more contagious.”
18 mobile ICUs added to the health service
He said the mobile ICUs can be housed in special huts at any hospital where they are needed, while their base will be Papanikolaou Hospital in Thessaloniki, which he described as a “central pillar of the national health system.”
The President of “Greece 2021,” Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, said the new ICUs will be delivered fully functioning and completely outfitted, with equipment and all other needed supplies.
They will be linked to the hospital building so that they can remain after the coronavirus pandemic to support the national health system as well.
She also underscored that the Committee will strive to make the most of “every last euro” of the money donated by the public to society through its actions.
The objective of Greece 2021 is to plan the the celebration for the landmark bicentennial of the Greek Revolution of 1821.
It is also organizing projects and events which will aim at highlighting Greek history, from the beginning of its establishment as a modern state until today, over the course of 200 years.